Vasco: Commuting along the Panjim-Margao route has been a nightmare for commuters these days. And the scene on Thursday was no different as motorists were once again caught up in a traffic jam, especially along the Verna-Agassaim stretch only to reach their respective destinations four hours late.
The ongoing work of the new Zuari Bridge is reportedly haunting the commuters, as the journey, which can be completed in 30-45 minutes, takes hours on account of the potholed roads and accidents.
A commuter venting his anger via social media posted: “Travelling from Bambolim to Cortalim took me two hrs today, was stuck from 4.45 to 6.45 pm. Horrible isn’t the word for the situation we are in nowadays. All traffic and PWD officials and politicians too visited the site, but no relief at all. Isn’t that shameful for the State? Soon we will have to hand over traffic control to military officials because it is unlikely that the situation can be controlled by local administration”.
To add to the misery there have been accidents involving vehicles caught up in the traffic jams. Three accidents at various spots in Cortalim were reported on Thursday involving 3 and 4 or more vehicles. The traffic cell staff, however, cleared the same.
Commuters attribute the traffic jams to the bad road condition starting from the Zuari Bridge till Agassaim Police Station, which is causing a funnel effect for the traffic.
Motorists take the interior village roads leading to the main road but end up getting caught up in a traffic jam.
Akshay Naik, commuter complained saying, “I have reached two hours late to reach work and return home despite riding a two-wheeler. It’s agonising and irritating.”
Another commuter Mohan Varun accused the contractor of the Zuari bridge for shoddy road repairs. The contractor should have been more responsive to ensure smooth flow of traffic. The Traffic Police now claim that they are in a pursuit to map other roads to divert the traffic.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a police official said the entire police force has been deployed to manage road traffic, which has affected policing badly. [H]